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    Federal Railroad Administration Announces Rail Inspection Technology Rule to Improve Track Safety

    “This rule will allow railroads to use the latest technology to continually monitor safety, which is a big step forward in strengthening safety and reliability on our nation’s railroads,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao...
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    AAR Applauds FRA Track Inspection Modernization Rule

    https://www.aar.org/news/aar-applauds-fra-track-inspection-modernization-rule/ WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 28, 2020 – Today, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced a final rule that facilitates widespread deployment of continuous rail inspection technology across the 140,000-mile...
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    IDOT, New Siemens Ventures Passenger Cars

    https://www.railwayage.com/mechanical/locomotives/for-idot-new-siemens-ventures/ The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has begun taking delivery on 88 new Siemens “Venture” single-level passenger cars. According to WSP USA Senior Engineering Manager Art Peterson, who supplied these...
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    STB and FRA Joint Letter citing service problems and communication issues on Class 1 Railroads

    https://www.railwayage.com/regulatory/fra-stb-seven-class-is-one-letter/ The Surface Transportation Board and Federal Railroad Administration on Aug. 24 sent joint, identical letters to the CEOs of the seven North American Class I’s—Carl Ice (BNSF), Keith Creel (Canadian Pacific), JJ Ruest...
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    Ship Strikes Panama Canal Railroad Bridge

    https://ecotvpanama.com/actualidad/buque-colisiona-contra-un-puente-en-gamboa-la-acp-investiga_0_59952/ The article is in Spanish, here's a Google translation: Panama, June 23, 2020. The Panama Canal will investigate the causes that caused the collision, this Tuesday, of a ship against the...
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    Massive Explosion Seen After Train Derails Near Rock Springs, WY

    https://ksltv.com/439358/massive-explosion-seen-after-train-derails-near-rock-springs/ Massive Explosion Seen After Train Derails Near Rock Springs ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. – A Union Pacific train hauling alcohol and liquid propane derailed near Rock Springs, Wyoming, according to Scott Kitchner...
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    May 2020 Photo Contest Voting

    Voting for the may 2020 photo contest. Poll will close on Monday 6/29/20 View the full size images here: https://railroadforums.com/forum/index.php?threads/may-2020-photo-contest-show-us-your-best-photo.15139/
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    Proposed Surface Transportation Bill Would Triple Funding for Amtrak

    http://railfan.com/proposed-surface-transportation-bill-would-triple-funding-for-amtrak/ A week after Amtrak officials said the railroad needed $1.4 billion to survive the ongoing pandemic, House Democrats revealed a plan that would triple federal funding for intercity passenger rail service...
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    Purgatory Resort’s insurance company sues D&SNG for 416 Fire losses

    https://durangoherald.com/articles/326816-purgatory-resorts-insurance-company-sues-dsng-for-416-fire-losses Purgatory Resort’s insurance company has filed a lawsuit against the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for costs associated with the 416 Fire. According to the lawsuit, Purgatory...
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    Chehalis railroad company reopens train rides in Washington

    https://www.seattlepi.com/coronavirus/article/chehalis-railroad-company-reopen-train-rides-covid-15311093.php Chehalis railroad company reopens train rides in Washington After a month-long delay in wake of novel coronavirus restrictions, a historic Washington train is taking to the tracks...
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    FTA Announces $891 Million for 12 Transit Infrastructure Projects Across America

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $891 Million for 12 Transit Infrastructure Projects Across America Friday, May 29, 2020 WASHINGTON – The Trump Administration today announced a total of $891 million in federal funding will be provided by the U.S. Department of...
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    BART releases 15-step plan to welcome back riders as region reopens

    05.27.20 BART releases 15-step plan to welcome back riders as region reopens BART is working hard to reimagine transit service as the region begins to reopen and riders return. We understand the public is looking to us to provide reassurance that service is as safe as possible and social...
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    LA Metro: 45-Day Public Review Set For $400B, 30-Year Transit Plan

    LA Metro: 45-Day Public Review Set For $400B, 30-Year Transit Plan https://www.railwayage.com/passenger/la-metro-45-day-public-review-set-for-400b-30-year-transit-plan/ The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board of Directors has authorized the release of an...
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    Stadler Hit With $6MM Ransomware, Refused to Pay

    Internal Documents Published After Stadler Refuses $6MM Ransom https://www.railwayage.com/analytics/internal-documents-published-after-stadler-refuses-6mm-ransom/ Internal documents stolen during a cyber-attack on Stadler’s headquarters have been published online after the manufacturer refused...
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    Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum announces a phased reopening beginning June

    Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum announces a phased reopening beginning June 5. www.tvrail.com “Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is looking forward to welcoming riders back after being closed since March 14 due to COVID-19 ,” said TVRM Spokesperson Steve Freer. “We are excited to be running...
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    U.S. Sugar Steam Locomotive No. 148 Hauls Sugarcane Train to Mill Ending Harvest Season, New “Sugar Express” Launched

    U.S. Sugar Steam Locomotive No. 148 Hauls Sugarcane Train to Mill Ending Harvest Season, New “Sugar Express” Launched by Judy Sanchez | May 28, 2020 | Media Center Clewiston, Fla. – For the first time in more than 50 years, a steam locomotive hauled a train of harvested sugarcane from the field...
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    1 dead, others injured in Amtrak train crash on Hi-Line in Montana

    1 dead, others injured in Amtrak train crash on Hi-Line in Montana https://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/1-dead-multiple-injured-in-amtrak-train-derailment-on-hi-line-in-montana/article_c1c09146-153a-5572-8ae6-5fa6885e95a7.html? One man is dead and multiple people are injured...
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    SSL Certificate Error - Fixed

    The website was feeling a bit "insecure" for a brief time this afternoon, sorry about that. SSL certificates have to be renewed every 90 days (at least the inexpensive ones I can afford do). If your host makes an error during renewing and installing the new one? You get security errors. Should...
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    California High-Speed Rail Authority Releases Draft Environmental Document for Burbank to Los Angeles Section

    California High-Speed Rail Authority Releases Draft Environmental Document for Burbank to Los Angeles Section CHSRA Press Release: May 26 2020 Sacramento The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is releasing the project-level draft environmental document for another project...
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    Facebook is rethinking its commitment to help fund Dumbarton Rail Corridor study

    Facebook is rethinking its commitment to help fund Dumbarton Rail Corridor study https://padailypost.com/2020/05/23/facebook-is-rethinking-its-commitment-to-help-fund-dumbarton-rail-corridor-study/ Facebook may be backing away from funding a study that would bring the Peninsula one step...




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